Re: another failed attempt at database independence

From: Jared Still <>
Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 15:51:14 -0700
Message-ID: <>

On Wed, May 7, 2008 at 2:27 PM, Daniel Fink <> wrote:

> I IT is still a very immature industry/discipline (and seems to be
> getting worse) and management looks upon products/projects like a new
> version of Office...not realizing the tens/hundreds of thousands (millions?)
> of hours that went into it. There has to be a fundamental shift in IT with
> management/business support....but I won't be holding my breath waiting for
> it to happen.

Small wonder.

Powerful PC's are now a common commodity.

Not only do most corporate users use them, many people use them at home.

A proliferation of software has made everyone 'a programmer'

The home user that does a moderate budget or checkbook in Excel, or uses Front Page or something similar thinks 'How hard could it be to make this bigger'.

It doesn't stop there.

Tools that handle all database calls for the developer engender the same attitude
toward data modeling and database design.

"This app works ok, should be fine to scale up to a bigger box"

"Database design, how hard could it be"?

And of course managers with the purse strings get caught up in it as well.

"Joe just created an awesome looking app with GodAwful Studio v10.2, all data is saved
to the database, and he didn't need help from any of those @#$& DBA's"

"What do we need them for? How hard could it be?"


Jared Still
Certifiable Oracle DBA and Part Time Perl Evangelist

Received on Wed May 07 2008 - 17:51:14 CDT

Original text of this message